Being outdoors is great fun. From wonderful walks to wildlife spotting or a spot of biking. But while you’re out and about, please remember that Glenlivet is very much a working estate.
The community relies on farming, forestry and sporting activities to earn a living. The countryside is also home to many different types of birds and animals that don’t like to be disturbed, particularly during the breeding season. That’s why it’s important to always follow Scottish Outdoor Access Code (SOAC). Be aware that deer stalking or forest harvesting activities may affect trails from time to time. Look out for warning or information signs that highlighting key seasons, or when certain activities are taking place.
Managing deer numbers is essential to protect woodland and farmland as well as their habitat. Roe deer stalking mainly takes place in woodland areas, usually in the early mornings and evenings during May, June and July. Red deer stalking also takes place during October and November on certain hill areas, such as the Ladder Hills.
If you’re exploring moorlands between August and October, remember to keep to the main hill paths. If you come across shooting activities, wait until it is safe to continue or go a different way. Access to the hills is only affected during grouse shooting. Shooting does not take place on Sundays.
Moorland birds are particularly vulnerable from cyclists, walkers and dog owners during the breeding season (April, May and June). Please ensure dogs are kept on a lead at all times when on open hill ground at this time of year.
Almost all waymarked trails and tracks pass through fields that contain farm livestock. Always take care not to disturb sheep and cattle when using the trails, particularly before and during the lambing and calving seasons (March, April, May, September and October). Young cattle and bulls can often be curious and may approach you. It’s unusual for animals to present any threat. But to be on the safe side, be careful not to provoke or annoy them and ensure dogs are kept on leads at all times when you’re near livestock. If cattle move towards you or seem aggressive, keep calm, let your dog go and take the shortest safest route out of the field.
We want your faithful companions to enjoy the countryside just as much as you. But please keep them on a lead at all times around livestock, and on open ground during the nesting season.
Unauthorised motor vehicles of any type are not permitted on the trails.
You’ll see lots of wildlife but few litter bins once you’ve leave the villages. So please be responsible with any rubbish and help us ensure Scotland’s countryside stays litter free.
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